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Grooming Is Important Even In Winter

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“Good grooming can help even a long haired dog to better withstand the elements. After spending time in snow and rain, a dog with a neatly brushed, mat-free coat will dry out faster than a dog whose coat has lacked such attention. Neatly trimmed hair around the paws will limit the amount of snow, ice, and mud that can accumulate.”

~Deb Eldredge, DVM

20 Reasons Why Your Dog’s Haircut Costs More Than Yours

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Here’s something fun! It’s the top 20 reasons why your dog’s haircut costs more than yours.

  • Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a bath.
  • Your hairdresser doesn’t give you a manicure and a pedicure.
  • You don’t try to bite or scratch your hairdresser.
  • You don’t wiggle, spin or try to jump out of the hairdresser’ s chair.
  • Your hairdresser only cuts the hair on your head, not your whole body.
  • You don’t try to hump the hairdresser.
  • Your hairdresser doesn’t wipe boogies from your eyes.
  • Your hairdresser doesn’t pluck and clean your ears.
  • Your hairdresser doesn’t squeeze your anal glands.
  • You don’t poop or pee on your hairdresser while you are getting your hair cut.
  • Your hairdresser does not remove fleas or ticks.
  • You don’t go 6 weeks (or more) without brushing or washing your hair.
  • You don’t try to bite the clippers, scissors, brush, nail clippers or dryer.
  • It doesn’t take 3 people to trim your nails.
  • Your hairdresser doesn’t have to de-mat your hair.
  • Your hairdresser would never wash your butt.
  • You don’t splash water all over your hairdresser, the floor, and the room, while getting your hair washed.
  • Your hair dresser doesn’t give you a “sanitary trim.”
  • Drying your hair doesn’t blow massive amounts of fluff and dander all around that gets on everything.
  • You don’t howl or bark while having all this done!

Proper Grooming Is Important

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Proper grooming is an important part of pet care. It not only makes your pet look better, but contributes to his or her physiological and psychological health.

  • Coat

Brush your dog thoroughly every day. This helps keep his or her hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading the natural oils throughout the coat, preventing tangles from forming and keeping the skin clean and free from irritation.

It is best to start brushing your dog at an early age, but do not despair if he or she is an older animal. It is possible to train one to enjoy grooming. Proceed slowly, and be sure to use treats and plenty of praise to make the experience fun!

  • Nails

If you can hear your dog clicking over your floors, the toenails are too long. Nails that are too long can cause serious problems for your dog. Long nails are uncomfortable, can cause damage to muscles and tendons, can cause serious injury if the nails catch on something and tear off.

Have your dog’s nails trimmed about once per month. If you do it yourself, you’ll need a clipper designed specifically for the size of dog you have. Either a scissor-style or guillotine-style clipper can be used. You should also purchase a small bottle of blood-clotting powder, such as Kwik Stop.

If trimming your dog’s toenails isn’t something you feel comfortable with, we’re always happy to cut them for you, the cost is $14. (If you’re having your pet groomed, toenail trims are included and there is no extra charge.)

  • Ears

Ear care is an important part of grooming. Ear infections can not only be painful, but lead to permanent hearing loss. The signs of a problem with a dog’s ears include redness, constant scratching, head shaking and odor. Always check the ears before and after swimming making certain they are dried out after getting out of the water.

  • Teeth

Dogs can get cavities and develop periodontal disease, so their teeth should be cleaned at least twice per week. Rub teeth with gauze or cheese cloth soaked in a baking soda solution. Specially formulated toothpaste and cleaners are available for dogs too. Along with regular cleaning you can help maintain healthy teeth by providing chew toys and using hard dog foods.

When brushing your dog’s teeth, it is best to use a small toothbrush that has soft bristles. If your dog will allow it, we’ll be happy to brush their teeth as part of the grooming process. The charge for teeth brushing is $10.00. Cleanings performed by a veterinarian may also be required, particularly as your dog ages.

  • Bathing

Bathe your dog once every two months or as often as needed. Be sure to brush him or her before each bath in order to get all of the tangles out of his or her coat. If you skip that step, and bathe your pet without brushing first, tangles will turn into mats. Matted hair is much more difficult to brush out, and may require shaving.

Best of Local Business Award

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WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — Heavenly Pets has been selected for the 2009 Kansas City Award in the Pet Grooming category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

  • About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

Here’s a link: U.S. Commerce Association

City Requirements – Rabies Vaccine

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Code of Ordinances of the City of Raytown, Missouri, Sec. 4-23.

Rabies vaccination tag required:

(a) It shall be the duty of every person owning, keeping or harboring in the city any dog, cat or ferret over the age of ninety (90) days to procure from a licensed veterinarian a tag or emblem evidencing a current inoculation of said animal against rabies within the preceding twelve (12) months.

(b) No owner or keeper of any dog, cat or ferret shall allow or permit such dog, cat or ferret to be outside the residence of said owner or keeper at any time other than when enclosed on all sides in a cage or covered dog run without having attached to a collar about the neck of such animal or to a secure body harness a rabies vaccination tag. All veterinarians shall issue rabies vaccination certificates and tags in a uniform color and shape as recommended for each year by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc.

(c) Upon a plea of guilty or conviction of a first offense for failure to display a rabies tag pursuant to this section, the penalty shall be a fine of fifty dollars and fifty cents ($50.50) plus court costs. Any person charged with a first offense for failure to adequately display a rabies tag shall have the option of paying the specified fine upon entering a plea of guilty and upon waiving appearance in court.

(d) Upon conviction of a second offense for failure to display a rabies tag pursuant to this section, the penalty shall be a fine of one hundred dollars and fifty cents ($100.50) plus court costs.

(e) Upon conviction of a third offense for failure to display a rabies tag pursuant to this section, the penalty shall be a fine of two hundred fifty dollars and fifty cents ($250.50) plus court costs.

(f) Upon conviction of a fourth or subsequent offense for failure to display a rabies tag pursuant to this section, the penalty shall be a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) plus court costs.

(Ord. No. 2039-80, § 2, 3-20-80; Ord. No. 2475-82, § 4, 12-7-82; Ord. No. 2765-85, § 1, 3-5-85; Ord. No. 4680-01, § 1, 2-20-01; Ord. No. 5239, § 3, 7-3-07; Ord. No. 5191-07, § 1, 3-6-07)

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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
—Roger Caras

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